Lately, we’ve been noticing a lot of coffee shops that double as some other kind of store. It got us wondering, is a good old cuppa joe not enough anymore? Are people so busy that they need to get their coffee and their floral arrangements in the same place? Or are shop owners just so ambitious that they can’t satisfy themselves by only focusing on one thing?

Whatever the answer, we have to admit that these shops are doing something right, presenting us with some fun and quirky new ways to caffeinate ourselves. From a surf/coffee shop to a motorcycle shop/cafe, here are 12 of the most interesting examples in New York City. If you know one that isn’t on this list, make sure to leave us a comment:

12. Feminist Bookshop | Coffee Shop: Cafe con Libros

For book lovers and coffee aficionados, Crown Height’s recently opened Cafe Con Libros is a must visit. The feminist bookstore, founded by Kalima DeSuze, is a community-oriented space, which provides unique programming like book clubs, book fairs, prison outreach and more.

“It’s a place made safe and accountable by boundary pushing Feminist books, community members, and open dialogue,” writes DeSuze about the shop. “We hope to provide a space for building community and healing through reading, dialogue, and simply being in the company of fellow community members.” Address: 724 Prospect Pl.

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9 Responses
  1. A lot of the places that you call “Quirky” look like cozy, comfy, reading rooms in upscale universities like Princeton rather than places I knew (and one of which I created) which were a little seedy around the edges and even had a bit of danger in the air about them.
    On Dec. 6th, 1972 (that’s right, 1972) I opened a place called Sandolino located at 11 Barrow St in the Village. I lot of you were not even born yet and those of you who were are still too young to remember but those whose parents are still alive might very well remember—ask them. I was there from 72 to 84 then the last few years I moved around the corner to Jones St.
    During those years Sandolino became a mecca for people in show business including writers, painters, sculptors and even some people in politics like Ed Koch before and after he became Mayor. There are just too many people to mention in this short e-mail but their faces dance across my memory like characters in a circus. The place was booming, bustling , noisy, and filled with life.
    There aren’t many of us around who remember what life was like in the seventies and eighties in New York but those of us who do—miss it.

  2. I’m currently working on a project with UK furniture company Trent, primarily looking at furnishing cafe’s, bars etc. These offbeat, inspiring places are really awesome – I’d love to see a follow up on this article with some more places. My favorite – Saturday Surf NYC!

  3. Red Door is our café in Moses Lake, Washington. Attached is an upscale consignment store featuring art, antiques, furniture, home décor, and jewelry.

  4. Stephanie Reply

    Another game shop/coffee shop combo is The Uncommons at 230 Thompson Street, in what used to be the Village Chess Shop. Lots and lots of board and card games.

  5. There’s also Sweetleaf in Long Island City (SweetleafLIC.com), which has a record room in the back as well as a laptop room and dining room in the front.

    • laura itzkowitz Reply

      Cool, thanks for sharing! Jane Motorcycles serves Parlor coffee too.

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